Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:01 pm Post subject: ! Computer Forensics, A day in the life?
Hi everyone! My fiance is highly considering computer forensics as a career and computer analyst as an alternative. He loves computers, forensics, technology, and medicine. So I had recommended those two and he loved them! ('')
What I was wondering is -
1. What is a typical day in the life like?
2. What divisions are available? (I had noticed users speaking about analysts, fraud, forensics, etc.... and now I'm confused haha) ('')
3. Are career opportunities available in the Boston area? ('')
4. What types of organizations do you typically work for?
Joined: Feb 22, 2010 Posts: 64 Location: Nottingham UK
Posted: Fri May 13, 2011 1:33 am Post subject: Re: ! Computer Forensics, A day in the life?
I am curious as to what part of it is stressfull?
From an outsider's point of view, it seems straight forward in giving answers, so where does the stress come from?
In an adversarial legal system, giving evidence in chief is easy but being cross examined never is, particularly when you are a key witness and the opposing side can make you look stupid/unprofessional thus giving them a chance to get the jury to discount your evidence.
Having the in-depth technical knowledge is fine but how do you explain your findings in such a way that the average (reasonably intelligent) person can understand what you are saying? More importantly, can they understand the implications of the technical data?
As a police officer with many, many years of service I have given evidence lots of times and I have to say that cross examination is sometimes fun (because you are answering truthfully and that alone is undoing the defence case) but for me it is always stressful. You can't switch off, you have to be alive to all the tricks that lawyers use to undermine your credibility. The whole thing is a beauty contest.
Go to court and visit a trial - look at any witness giving evidence and ask yourself if they are stressed or not - N.B. viewing TV dramas does not count
Joined: May 12, 2011 Posts: 3 Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posted: Fri May 13, 2011 10:49 am Post subject:
Ah yes, that sounds much more stressful then your typical public speaking!
Thank you Paul for replying
I am finding the digital forensics field to be WAY more open-ended then I ever imagined. I have less then two weeks to decide if I will sign up for a two year diploma program at BCIT (a local technical college), and I am feeling overwhelmed.
My background is in mathematics and statistics, and I had always thought of myself as capable with computers just because I have used them for so long. I've done some programming with C++ and (don't laugh) Turbo Pascal, as well as mathematical modeling in Maple and MatLab.
Having started to skim through a couple of books that were mentioned in the sticky post at the top of the forum subdirectory, I am finding that I am completely lacking in:
-Linux and it's derivatives (never used it)
Question 1: Am I completely out of my mind, as well as unprepared, to enter such a program?
Question 2: Is it a chicken and the egg situation, or should I focus on building my skills in one area (networking, linux, perl, etc) at first to see how well I progress?
I really appreciate the fact that some of you who are in the field take time out of your busy work days to contribute to the community and answer our (repetitive) questions.
Thank you in advance _________________ Never argue with idiots, they will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience
Posted: Wed May 25, 2011 6:16 am Post subject: Re: ! Computer Forensics, A day in the life?
1. What is a typical day in the life like?
Day 1: View really bad porn - the kind of stuff that no one wants to see [that's the bad bit], and then show how it came to be where it is on that machine [that's the fun bit].
Day 2: repeat day 1 [ad infinitum]...
Day ?: Give evidence in court and know what stress really means.
Day ? + 1: See the jury return a guilty verdict and go for a beer with the investigating officer/team
Day ? + 2: Return to Day 1
God damn I feel bad for you man.... I've had very few actual child porn cases... most of the time my forensic cases deal with a disgruntled employee or some type of incident response to malware... I've performed a view law enforcement cases but I tend to stay away from that side of things, just because I don't want to lose my soul
I think most of all I get the chance to work with our penetration testers and actually break into networks too, so when responding to a breach or anything like that I feel like I have a leg up and can think like the attacker.
So for me
Day 1: Learn what type of assessment I'm performing, Penetration Test, Incident Response, etc etc....
Scope project and begin working
Day 2-?: Continue assessment until I'm finished
Day ?: Report... <--- worst part
but its a new client and new environment every single week, I suppose thats why they say 1 year in consulting is worth 3 of real world experience heh
How much are you on your feet and how often are you sitting?
If you lift anything, what is the average amount in lbs? (guestimate is fine)
What is the main parts that you normally do above all other things? (please use a percentage scale if you're able to answer this 100% meaning all the time 0% meaning never)
The reason why I'm asking these questions is that I'm a Disabled Vet and am looking into this field but have noticed these questions themselves are kind of hard to come in terms for answers with so I thought I would ask you all.
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